Peers name Stuttgart’s Ratcliff European football coach of year

The European American Football Coaches Association has selected Stuttgart Panthers coach Billy Ratcliff as its 2015 Coach of the Year.

Ratcliff led the Panthers to a surprise Division I championship this fall, the first in the history of the program known until this season as Patch. The title was a breakthrough after a string of playoff disappointments in recent years, mostly at the hands of archrival Ramstein.

Hodge helps junior college to regional title

Jourdan Hodge, a former multi-sport star at Lakenheath and the 2014 DODDS-Europe Female Athlete of the Year, has found success at the next level. Hodge last week wrapped up an impressive volleyball run at Monroe College, a two-year school in New York competing in the National Junior College Athletics Association.

Hodge appeared in 40 matches and played 108 sets for the Mustangs in her recently-completed sophomore season, posting 89 kills and 56 blocks on the year while helping the Mustangs to a 38-3 overall record.

Field announced for DODDS-Europe tennis championships

DODDS-Europe Athletic Director Karen Seadore has announced the qualifiers for the 2015 DODDS-Europe tennis championships. The three-day meet runs Thursday through Saturday at sites around Wiesbaden, Germany.

Defending champions Fabian Sandrup Selvik of International School of Brussels and Marissa Encarnacion of Stuttgart headline the roster of boys and girls singles contenders, respectively. Each singles field includes 12 players, while each of the boys and girls doubles brackets includes 12 teams.

Thoughts and observations on all six Division I football teams

I took advantage of the unusual opportunity this weekend to watch all six Division I football teams in action over the course of two days. Here are a few things I observed about the programs in watching the three games – Stuttgart at Wiesbaden on Friday night, followed by portions of Lakenheath at Kaiserslautern and Vilseck at Ramstein on Saturday.


The Royals didn’t have much to play for Saturday aside from general pride and the chance to go undefeated. But in a season with less than 10 games, including non-division games and the playoffs, there’s no reason to let up even if the math is already in your favor. To its credit, Ramstein competed and was rewarded with a 20-7 victory on Saturday.

Ansbach to drop to Division III, switch spots with Florence

A minor realignment will send Ansbach from Division II to Division III, DODDS-Europe Athletic Director Karen Seadore announced this week. International School of Florence will move up from Division III to replace the Cougars.

The move will take effect with this fall’s European tournaments, notably the European volleyball tournament starting Nov. 5, and apply to all tournaments for the rest of the school year. The switch has no impact on football, which does not have a Division III; the Cougars are undefeated and pursuing a second straight Division II championship on the gridiron, while Florence doesn’t field an American football team.

Pairings announced for DODDS-Europe golf championship tournament

The field is set for this week’s DODDS-Europe boys and girls golf championship tournament, set for Wednesday and Thursday at Wiesbaden’s Rheinblick Golf Course.

A roster of 16 boys and six girls will participate in the event, the first championship tournament of the 2015-16 DODDS-Europe season. The meet follows a quick three-week regular season that teed off on Sept. 17.

Frankfurt Galaxy beat London Warriors in American football clash

Frankfurt Galaxy running back Evan Harrington carries the ball in an exhibition American football game against the London Warriors on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, at Frankfurter Volksbank Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany. Harrington scored two second-half touchdowns in Frankfurt's 34-31 victory.

The Frankfurt Galaxy completed an undefeated season of American football Sunday with a 34-31 defeat of the London Warriors in an exhibition game dubbed the "European Battle of Champions."

An announced crowd of 5,693 spectators at Frankfurter Volksbank Stadium saw the two teams trade touchdowns for much of the game.

AFNORTH, Brussels make best of it in football debut

On Friday, DODDS-Europe Athletic Director Karen Seadore announced that the football teams from AFNORTH and Brussels would merge, a move made necessary by each school’s inadequate roster size. The next day, the combined team opened its salvaged season with a 31-0 loss at SHAPE.

AFNORTH Athletic Director and head football coach Greg Blankenship, the team’s co-coach along with Brussels’ Tim Mobley, described the whirlwind day in an email to Stars and Stripes, reproduced below:

Two-a-day practices: SHAPE

Final in a series of quick hits on high school football practices around Europe.

If you're looking for reasons why SHAPE might be successful this football season, take a look back to last October.

Two-a-day practices: Naples

One in a series of quick hits on high school football practices around Europe. Stars and Stripes hopes to run two each day before the season starts Sept. 18.

The Naples Wildcats, according to coach Mark Tyler, are "ready to hang loose" this season.


Gregory Broome is an experienced and accomplished community sports journalist. Officially a native of Iowa, Broome grew up a Department of Defense dependent at sites all over the United States and Germany.

He finally settled in Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Florida.

Broome began his journalism career in in 2004 as a sports writer for the Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., covering high school, college and community sports and earning recognition for his work from the Florida Press Club. In 2009 Broome was named the first sports information director at College of Central Florida, an NJCAA member school, where he launched the program's website and social media pages and revamped its promotional and game-day operations.

Broome joined Stars and Stripes in October of 2012.



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Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome talks about the Europe sports scene on AFN Radio. (Click on right arrow to play file)


Mar. 31: Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome highlights the weekend's coverage with Naples' success on multiple fields to include soccer, softball and baseball.

Mar. 24: Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome talks about the DODDS-Europe spring sports season highlighting soccer, softball and baseball.

Feb. 24: Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome rounds up Saturday’s six DODDS-Europe basketball championship games, including a classic Division I duel between Wiesbaden and Patch.